Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Moffatt-Ladd/William Whipple House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The home was the former home of William Whipple known as one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, and is now a historical landmark and museum. The museum strives to share the history of all inhabitants of the home. The museum and gardens are open for limited hours, and guided tours of the home are available.
Wilma and I had a lovely Adventure to the Moffatt-Ladd House. I decided to take Wilma on a private adventure today, and we were quite pleased that the weather was just right. Wilma, Gus, and I enjoyed a two hour family walk this morning, and have been mostly appreciating our “normal”, local locations this week. However today I decided to return to the Moffatt-Ladd House. Wilma and I had actually tried to visit one other time but the hours were changed and they were closed, so today we returned for a second attempt. Since parking was not available, and because I wanted to get a walk in on the way we parked a little distance away from the House. We were pleased to arrive to find the doors open. The property was very quiet with few other visitors in sight. I am assuming dogs are not allowed inside the buildings, although did not formally inquire, so we just explore the grounds. The gardens were very small, but quite beautiful with variety of vibrant colors, and some unusual flowers. The garden was highlighted by lovely trellis-like arches which really added quite the touch. It did not take us long to finish exploring but we took our time, myself enjoying taking some photographs while Wilma enjoyed lounging and rolling in the perfect green grass. So glad we could visit the dog-friendly garden at the Moffatt-Ladd House today (This blog will not be rated).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Hanover, New Hampshire. Hanover, New Hampshire is a town near the border of Vermont, that runs along the Connecticut River. Hanover is known for being the location of Dartmouth College, for its Art culture, and also visited for the shops, restaurants, and outdoor activities.
We had a sunny Adventure to Hanover, New Hampshire. It seems like spring arrived on the official first weekend of spring, an energizing time for those from New England! Upon arrival we were pleased to find no charge for parking, maybe due to it being sunday, but either way a good way to start our day. We walked through the town locating shops, restaurants, and decorations from various holidays adorning the buildings. We soon found ourselves on the Dartmouth campus. The buildings were grand, and numerous. Throughout our time on the campus we found various art sculptures, which was fun!
After exploring what seemed to be the main parts of Hanover I decided we must check out the Connecticut River so there we headed. Upon arrival we found a creative bridge, highlighted by green colored beams and gigantic sphere frames. We peered down the River mostly frozen and covered with snow. After crossing we found a path under the bridge and over to the Foley Park. The reflections of the bridge on the River were lovely, adding beautiful character to the area. Upon arrival to the park we found a family event going on, lots of people scattered around. There was not much to explore at the park so we headed back to the the main parts of the town.
I overall found Hanover somewhat dull, but yet it seemed like a fun place for those attending college at Dartmouth. My favorite parts of the Adventure were finding the sculptures scattered throughout the campus, and the bridge crossing the beautiful Connecticut River. Wilma enjoyed walking, and of course practiced some rolls on the grass. It was so nice to feel the environment of spring, so invigorating. Glad we could visit Hanover, New Hampshire today (This blog will not be rating).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to Riverfront Park in Tilton, New Hampshire. Riverfront Park is a 2 acre Park situated on the Winnipesauke River. The Park has small docks, picnic areas, and a playground. The Park was redeveloped in the area where the old Pillsbury Mill was located.
We had an unexpected Adventure to Riverfront Park. I actually had planned to visit a landmark in the area and we never found it. Therefore I was especially pleased to find the Riverfront Park so we could stretch our legs before heading to our second Adventure. Although on a busy road we arrived to find the Park vacant. We sauntered around finding several short paths, and docks along the shore. The colors were not as peak as I expected but there were some red and yellow folliage that I greatly appreciated. We took our time walking and exploring, finding some informational kiosks, and benches along the way. The Park was quite small, but who can complain about a Riverfront Park. Glad we were able to visit Riverfront Park on our detour today (Rating: 3).
I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow. This has been a therapeutic process for me to share. We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”. They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.
In April 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to Great Common Island in New Castle, New Hampshire. Great Common Island is a 32 acre park with beaches and green space. As expected it is popular for swimming and picnicking.
We had a beach-filled Adventure to Great Common Island. I enjoyed exploring this location and was intrigued to spot two lighthouses – Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse and Whaleback Lighthouse. We wandered and sniffed (haha) around appreciating our new surroundings. There was driftwood, shells, tidal pools, and lots of rocks along the shore. It was a beautiful day with the clouds reflecting on the sea. Shadow and Buster appeared quite chill loving the tranquility of the shore. Another special beach Adventure to cherish with my boys (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the New Hampshire State House in Concord, New Hampshire. The New Hampshire State House is the state capital building of New Hampshire. It was built in 1819 and is made out of granite. The state house encompasses the Executive Counsel, the Governor, and the Court.
We had a stately Adventure to the New Hampshire State House. This may not seem as a place someone would visit with a dog, however, I love architecture, photography, and have always been curious about this structure as I drove down the highway. So today was the day I chose to explore. There was parking in front of the State House, and after a quick trip to the paystation we were on our way. The State House was introduced by a spectacular archway, which we entered through with awe. As expected we did not enter the building, however appreciated the grounds, the structure, simple gardens, statues, and anything we could locate. We probably took two laps around, savoring the grand beauty! I really loved the State House, it was gorgeous, and the gold top just added to the grandeur. Although a dull sky day, I still enjoyed snapping numerous photographs. The only negative I found was the construction around several sides of the state house, but often a norm in the city.
After we finished our Adventure to the State House we spent about an hour walking around the area finding unique shops, restaurants, fountains, and more. Today’s photographs will include the State House and grounds only (not the surrounding neighborhood). So glad we could have this unusual Adventure today (This Adventure will not be rated).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Grey Rocks Conservation Area in Hebron, New Hampshire. The Grey Rocks Conservation Area is a small property with just 1.5 miles of trails. It is located along the Cockermouth River which feeds into Newfound Lake. The Grey Rocks Conservation Area is popular for: walking, picnicking, fishing, and paddling. They also offer Eco-Tours, however they are currently on hold due to COVID.
We had a peaceful Adventure to Grey Rocks Conservation Area on an overcast morning. I was eager to finally Adventure to Grey Rocks Conservation Area as it was a property that had caught my eye awhile back. We arrived to find only one other car in the parking lot. We first began on the Sandy Point Trail, then headed to the Floodplain loop trail, before returning to the Sandy Point Trail, The trails led through the woods and along the River. There were several boardwalks, platforms for viewing, and benches along the way. We noticed some kayakers from afar, and appreciated the singing birds. On occasion we heard some traffic in the distance but overall it was quite serene. The trails were buggy, but somewhat to be expected in a River setting. Wilma seemed a little unsure when we first arrived, but soon became more confident and started appreciating the sights and smells. We made sure to traverse all trails and viewing locations before then heading to the River Walk Trail.
I was briefly baffled as to where to locate the River Walk Trail, but found a large map-kiosk which indicated to walk along the road before the trail began into the woods. The River Walk Trail was much less interesting. The trail was slightly overgrown and the mosquitoes were intense. However we continued on find a look-out area, and also a viewing platform. Although we really would have not missed a thing by skipping this trail, I wanted to make sure we did not miss a thing!!
We really enjoyed visiting Grey Rocks Conservation Area. It was a quiet location, with a unique setting along the River. Throughout the trails there were informational kiosks, and even a children’s story. The trails were very short, but well labeled. Although we do not stop moving often (haha) I loved that there were benches for viewing, and relaxing. It was clear that alot of thought went into the small details of this Conservation Area. I can just imagine that Grey Rocks Conservation Area would be a spectacular place to kayak! I am glad we Adventured to Grey Rocks Conservation Area today (Rating: 3).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Ashuelot Rail Trail in Keene, New Hampshire. The Asheulot Rail Trail is a 21 mile long Trail that starts in Keene and ends in Winchester. The Trail passes through several covered bridges, old mills, and scenic towns. The Ashuelot Rail Trail is popular for walking, biking, and snowmobiling.
We had a humid Adventure to the Ashuelot Rail Trail. We began at the very beginning of this Trail in Keene, New Hampshire. It took us a little time to locate it but eventually found it across from the Center at Keene parking lot on Emerald Street. We began our walk, eager to explore another Rail Trail.
As expected, I found the Rail Trail somewhat dull and appealing. It ran past some industrial buildings, parts of Keene College and then became a little farther away from the town. The trail varied from paved to dirt, and had guests including: bikers, walkers, and dog runners. Along the way we found several bridges, lots of beautiful wildflowers, and plenty of squirrels and chipmunks to chase. We spent about an hour walking, and searching for little details to appreciate. We will have to come back another time to explore a different portion of the Ashuelot Rail Trail (Rating: Trail will not be rated as only a small portion of the 21 miles was covered on this walk).
Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area in Chesterfield, New Hampshire, also referred to as the Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside. This Area is a small state park at just 13 acres that features the Wilde Brook, a trail, and a rocky gorge with waterfalls. There are picnic tables and a visitor center that is open in season.
We had a water-rushing Adventure to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area. This was the second time I had been there as Shadow, Buster, and I visited almost five years ago. Due to this visit being so long ago I decided to blog about this Nature Area again today. We began down the trail and took every opportunity to go down to the water’s edge. Wilma was quite pleased to find many rocks, and has continued to be more comfortable with the water, eager to wade and drink. We took our time finding all the little spots along the way, often veering off on the side trails.
Throughout the Trail we found three bridges, of different lengths, adding some character to the Nature Area. Overall landscape was very brown, however the rushing water brightened the location through sound. The highlight, as you may expect, was the water running through the Chesterfield Gorge creating a cascade waterfall. The main viewing area was blocked by some tacky fencing to add to safety of visitors. There were numerous drops of cascades, creating a tall cascade. It was simple compared to our recent waterfall Adventures, but yet still pretty. It appeared as someone had carved some benches out of trees, adding a sitting area in this spot.
So although I would describe the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area as far from spectacular we still enjoyed our visit. Amazingly we spent about an hour and a half walking on the trail, relaxing near the water, exploring, and taking photographs. We did not see many people but did meet a group of people that Wilma was quite thrilled about, even running circles around me. It was just so funny to see, like they were long last friends. If you live locally or are in the area I would definitely recommend a visit to the Chesterfield Gorge Nature Area (Rating: 4).
Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to Welton Falls in Alexandria, New Hampshire. Welton Falls is located in Welton Falls State Forest. It can be found after an almost three mile round trip hike. Welton Falls is in the middle of a gorge, and is approximately 30 feet in height. It is sourced from the Fowler River.
We had a wonderful Adventure to Welton Falls. We parked at the AMC Lodge and located a brown sign to the right for the Falls. We followed the trail in and soon merged onto the Manning Trail, a yellow blaze. The trail weaves through the woods and crossed the lower trail. It did not take long for us to hear the music of the Fowler River. We were parallel to the River high above until soon descending and becoming closer and closer to the River. The River was just beautiful, full of power. Much of the trail was muddy and water filled, covered with rocks and roots. We did not find it challenging but were careful to watch our step.
It did not take us long to arrive at the part of the trail that crosses the River. I thought this may be challenging but I soon realized it was much more complicated then I thought. I tried to encourage Wilma in, and although she followed she had no interest in getting too deep. My mind raced pondering a solution. We soon began following the Rivers edge, sometimes bushwalking through to find that perfect spot. The water was high and rushing creating a current and minimal exposed rocks to cross all the way. We did manage to cross over where the River split but could not find a way over the other side. This was very frustrating and discouraging. I felt disappointed in myself being so annoyed, so decided to find a rock to relax and appreciate the gorgeous River.
After taking a little rest we continued on and eventually found a spot to cross, a combination of a log and rocks. I was quite grateful that my balance skills appeared intact and of course lucky that Wilma is always quick on her feet! We finally made it!!
We continued on the Manning Trail on the other side of the River. It did not take long before we arrived at the top of the Falls and then headed down to the gorge. I worked hard to get photos but the Falls was challenging to capture and the footing was slippery and sometimes dangerous. The Falls was immense with rushing water through the gorge. It twisted through the rocks before ending in a pool, then continued down the gorge. Welton Falls was beautiful and well worth the effort!!
In addition to viewing the waterfall we loved the gorge. There was not a sole around as if we had a canyon of our own. Wilma enjoyed some chaotic digging, stick chewing and of course rock jumping. Our peaceful oasis! Eventually I decided it was time to head back.
We we’re lucky to find the same place to cross and blessed again with good balance! I was surprised to find myself quite tired, but the trail back ascended continually. In addition to my labor bushwalking I actually slipped and fell numerous times, adding too my exhaustion. However all put together the features of a true and rewarding hike. We spent over four hours hiking and enjoying the waterfall. So glad we were determined to complete our Adventure. Welton Falls was absolutely spectacular, a waterfall I would definitely recommend (Rating: Trail – 4, Falls 5).
If you regularly follow my blog, and the weekly/video photo I would recommend skipping on to paragraph three, specific to this week’s video/photo. I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog. This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.
So if you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy. We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven. It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.
Today’s feature is a photograph of Ripley Falls near Bartlett in Crawford Notch of New Hampshire. Ripley Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen, very tall and just magnificent. Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to Ripley Falls in the summer of 2018 when I worked at an Inn in the White Mountains. You can read more about this Adventure by typing “Ripley Falls” in the search box. Definitely a spectacular Adventure that I will remember forever. It is always hard to capture a waterfall with a photograph, but this one was a pretty good attempt, combined with my posing Adventurers!